Mats Hummels’ father and agent has rejected rumours linking the Borussia Dortmund centre-back with a move to Manchester United.
Hummels, 26, has struggled with injuries and poor form since the start of the season, and recent reports in the English media have suggested that Dortmund’s Bundesliga plight has left the club captain eager for a fresh start elsewhere.
With United manager Louis van Gaal intent on bolstering his defence this month, the German World Cup-winner has continued to be linked with a high-profile switch to Old Trafford, but Hermann Hummels has since insisted that his son will not be heading to Manchester.
"There is nothing to it," he told Sky News Deutschland when asked about a potential winter transfer to United.
It’s worth nothing that Hummels’ father has a connection to Van Gaal, having been on the Bayern Munich coaching staff during the Dutchman’s reign at the Allianz Arena between 2009 and 2011, while the defender himself also came up through the club’s ranks.
While he was sold to Dortmund before Van Gaal’s arrival, such a link could well help give United a slight edge other reported suitors such as Arsenal and Juventus when the time does come for him to move on, but it looks like that scenario will not unfold for at least another six months.